If you want a fairly healthy lunch option in Soho and want to branch out from Taim and Sweetgreen, you could try Dez. It’s a fast casual Middle Eastern spot from the people behind By Chloe with a bright, desert-themed space and some nice sidewalk seating out front. They serve mezes like beet hummus as well as pitas and bowls, like the one with chicken and saffron rice. Everything here is pretty good, especially the starters and breads, but the prices feel pretty high given the small portions.
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